Update: My Private Network VPN has merged with Le VPN. If you already have their app, you will need to update to the latest release, with Le VPN.
Are you a UK expat, an online gaming junkie, or a binge-watcher? If the answer is yes, then keep on reading. If you’re more privacy-concerned and seeking a secure way to protect your Internet connection from harms way, this VPN is also for you. Hailing from Hong Kong, My Private Network is a fast growing VPN since its launch in 2006 with UK users at its main focus.
This fully-packed provider offers a lot of desirable benefits that overshadow its minimal flaws such as a free VPN service, fast and reliable connections with no bandwidth limits or speed throttling, unlimited connections, up to 5 simultaneous connections, and a gratifying server network covering 44 important locations. My Private Network accesses a wide range of geo-restricted websites, social networks, VoIP apps as well as streaming and gaming services.
Hong Kong is a good location for VPNs to break free from any data retention laws. My Private Network doesn’t keep activity logs, but it sadly doesn’t take advantage of its strategic location and stores connection logs which are enough to track down your location.
Encryption is almost designed to perfection, if it weren’t for a few vices. Like many VPNs, My Private Network uses strong AES 256-bit encryption with 4096-bit key RSA in order to support a quiver of security protocols like OpenVPN, L2TP, IKEv2, PPTP, and SSL. We’re impressed by the additional security features such as DDoS attack protection, private DNS servers, Smart DNS for home TVs, and NAT firewall. However, we’re equally astonished that My Private Network doesn’t have a kill switch or automatic protection for WiFi!
My Private Network offers very reasonable prices compared to its peers in addition to a free VPN service and a generous 90-day money-back guarantee. As for support, it’s top-notch. My Private Network has an extensive and detailed Knowledgebase as well as efficient ticketing system.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
My Private Network didn’t live up to our expectations. Despite its compatibility with major operating systems, gaming consoles, and routers like Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Linux, DD-WRT routers, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox, it doesn’t have customized native apps for the supported platforms. This means that you need to manually setup protocols and connect to the server you want except for OpenVPN. You can download and install OpenVPN GUI and connect to any of My Private Network servers.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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